Person of interest questioned after woman, 79, found dead in Gary house fire

GARY, In. -- A person of interest is being questioned after an elderly woman was found dead in a house fire in Gary.

Fire crews were called around 3 a.m. Thursday to a home in the 3400 block of Johnson, just southeast of the Borman Expressway.

A 79-year-old woman, identified as Barbara Walker, was found dead in a bedroom when crews arrived. The body and the scene reportedly smelled of gasoline.

(Photo: Barbara Walker, 79, on right)

According to neighbors, the woman kept to herself and lived with her adult grandson, who is believed to be the person being questioned. The grandson's car was towed away as part of the investigation.

This case is being classified as arson, but a ruling of homicide is expected.

A criminal investigation is underway. Lake County Sheriff is assisting.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.


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